Thomas, the famous tank engine created over 70 years ago by British clergyman, the Rev W Awdry, comes to cinemas in the full length feature Thomas & Friends: Big World! Big Adventures! The Movie.

What you have to keep in mind is that when Reverent Awdry created his characters I’m sure that he didn’t expect his stories to be dissected and scrutinised by some middle age reviewer, after all his stories are aimed at a younger market, most probably pre-school children.

With that in mind and looking at Thomas & Friends: Big World! Big Adventures! The Movie through the eyes of a 5 year old you would have to say that Thomas’s big screen adventure is a winner. Filled with action and adventure and a number of songs that will burrow deep into your memory (perhaps not necessarily in a good way if you’re an adult in the audience) Thomas and Friends will have no trouble keeping its target audience glued to the cinema screen for its 80 minute running time.

The story is simple and sees Thomas embarking on a world tour after he becomes friends with a racing car called Ace (voiced by Peter Andre). Setting off on his trip and whilst being pursued by the Fat Controller Thomas visits various continents. On his journey to discover new places and cultures, Thomas makes friends with an adventurous, inspiring and fun tank engine from Kenya called Nia. The pair along with racing car Ace then travel the globe learning about different cultures and having a number of hair-raising adventures.

There’s not many movies for young children at the cinema nowadays and if you’re looking for something to keep your young ones amused over the school holidays then Thomas & Friends: Big World! Big Adventures! The Movie comes highly recommended.

Thomas & Friends: Big World! Big Adventures! The Movie (U)

1h 20m

Director: David Stoten
Starring: John Hasler, Teresa Gallagher

UK Release: Friday 20th July 2018

Thomas & Friends: Big World! Big Adventures! Featurette

Racing car Ace is voiced by Australian singer Peter Andre